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12th Aug '17 4:56:50 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In the comic's world, FlatEarthAtheist is the default mindset in Sweden and Denmark and the head of the expedition's MissionControl is Swedish. The story reaches a point where the Finnish mage staying at headquarters has to help the expedition crew long-distance in the middle of the night, which results in a PowerStrainBlackout and huge burn marks on the floor of the room in which he was casting. The following chapter reveals mission control head to have come to the following conclusion that the mage got hit by lightning while inside the house, on a night giving no indication of being stormy.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In the comic's world, FlatEarthAtheist is the default mindset in Sweden and Denmark and the head of the expedition's MissionControl is Swedish. The story reaches a point where the Finnish mage staying at headquarters has to help the expedition crew long-distance in the middle of the night, which results in a PowerStrainBlackout and huge burn marks on the floor of the room in which he was casting. The following chapter reveals the mission control head to have come to the following conclusion that the mage got hit by lightning while inside the house, on a night giving no indication of being stormy.
12th Aug '17 4:54:42 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In the comic's world, FlatEarthAtheist is the default mindset in Sweden and Denmark and the head of the expedition's MissionControl is Swedish. The story reaches a point where the Finnish mage staying at headquarters has to help the expedition crew long-distance in the middle of the night, which results in a PowerStrainBlackout and huge burn marks on the floor of the room in which he was casting. The following chapter reveals mission control head to have come to the following conclusion that the mage got hit by lightning while inside the house, on a night giving no indication of being stormy.
14th Jul '17 2:44:55 AM DoctorNemesis
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A case of WeirdnessCensor wherein a character, attempting to offer a so-called 'rational' explanation for a supernatural or unlikely situation, ends up offering an explanation that is itself so tortuous, convoluted and[=/=]or improbable that it also ceases to be rational. Although it may draw upon things that are seemingly more plausible and 'real' than the supernatural explanation, the way it puts them together is unlikely or full of holes and the EpilepticTrees invoked by the characters (who, ironically, are usually trying to ''debunk'' someone else's EpilepticTrees) so ludicrous that the viewers want to bash their heads against the wall and point out that accepting the (super)natural reality would, in fact, be [[OccamsRazor simpler]].

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A case of WeirdnessCensor wherein a character, attempting to offer a so-called 'rational' explanation for a supernatural or unlikely situation, ends up offering an explanation that is itself so tortuous, convoluted and[=/=]or improbable that it also ceases to be rational. Although it may draw upon things that are seemingly more plausible and 'real' than the supernatural explanation, the way it puts them together is unlikely or full of holes and the EpilepticTrees invoked by the characters (who, ironically, are usually trying to ''debunk'' someone else's EpilepticTrees) so ludicrous that the viewers want to bash their heads against the wall and point out that accepting the (super)natural reality would, in fact, be [[OccamsRazor simpler]].
simpler]]. They also have a tendency to ignore any evidence of the supernatural that they might be presented with, no matter how conclusive, in favour of presenting more 'rational' explanations that are themselves just as (if not more) lacking in supporting evidence.



In short, however incredible it may seem, isn't the explanation that this is a god taking on the form of a marshmallow man to destroy the world actually the simpler and more rational explanation at this point?

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In short, however incredible it may seem, isn't the explanation that this is a god taking on the form of a marshmallow man to destroy the world actually the simpler and simpler, more rational and more supported-with-evidence explanation at this point?
6th Jun '17 9:29:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* A major RunningGag of ''TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'' is that the human characters, when faced with the lampooned [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] star of the series, give an even more ludicrous explanation for what they saw or heard than the obvious [[CosmicHorror alien-gods-of-madness]] explanation.

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* A major RunningGag of ''TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'' ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'' is that the human characters, when faced with the lampooned [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] star of the series, give an even more ludicrous explanation for what they saw or heard than the obvious [[CosmicHorror alien-gods-of-madness]] explanation.
25th May '17 9:26:54 PM DoctorNemesis
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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which seemingly can't be answered away. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.

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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which seemingly can't be answered away. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.
together and fill in the gaps.
25th May '17 9:24:06 PM DoctorNemesis
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It is important to note that, OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one [[note]] which is a misinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is that the explanation with the fewest ''unknown variables'' is usually the correct one, not the simplest explanation[[/note]]. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].

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It is important to note that, OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one [[note]] most common interpretation of OccamsRazor[[note]] which is a misinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is actually states that the explanation with the fewest ''unknown variables'' is usually the correct one, not just the simplest explanation[[/note]].explanation[[/note]] aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one . Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].
21st Mar '17 4:32:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which don't seem to have a rational explanation. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.

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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which don't seem to have a rational explanation.seemingly can't be answered away. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.
21st Mar '17 4:31:44 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which don't seem to have a rational explanation. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.
19th Mar '17 9:54:36 AM BattleMaster
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It is important to note that, OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].

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It is important to note that, OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one.one [[note]] which is a misinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is that the explanation with the fewest ''unknown variables'' is usually the correct one, not the simplest explanation[[/note]]. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].
23rd Jan '17 1:30:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''LeftBehind''--no one except main characters ever thinks of the mass disappearances as being caused by the Rapture, even though premillennialism is a well-known theological concept. Some possible explanations are rational enough, but everyone believes the [[BigBad Antichrist's]] bizarre "nuclear warheads-electromagnetism-NegativeSpaceWedgie" theory. (Main characters, on the other hand, act as if they've [[FunctionalGenreSavvy read the book jacket]].)

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* In ''LeftBehind''--no ''Literature/LeftBehind''--no one except main characters ever thinks of the mass disappearances as being caused by the Rapture, even though premillennialism is a well-known theological concept. Some possible explanations are rational enough, but everyone believes the [[BigBad Antichrist's]] bizarre "nuclear warheads-electromagnetism-NegativeSpaceWedgie" theory. (Main characters, on the other hand, act as if they've [[FunctionalGenreSavvy read the book jacket]].)
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